Student support & wellbeing
The University of Kent has a dedicated Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) unit which offers confidential advice on suitable educational support and employs a diverse range of support staff to meet your requirements. Do get in touch with SSW if for example you have:
- learning difficulties
- physical or sensory impairments
- disability issues
- medical conditions
- emotional problems or worries or are going through a difficult time
- mental health concerns
- children and need extra support
Perhaps you are being bullied, need extra support as an LGBT student or are feeling homesick as an international student – SSW can help. Student Support and Wellbeing may also be able to assist with the following:
- applying for funding to pay for specialist equipment and helpers
- arranging signers, note takers and other support workers for you
- helping you find out if you have dyslexia
- talking to your lecturers about any particular help you may need in lectures and seminars
- discussing any special arrangements you need for exams
- contacting other departments about any specific assistance you may require
- mobility scooter hire
- liaison with the accommodation office for adapted rooms.
Additional useful links: https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsupport/links.html
Student Support are based in Keynes College, just behind the Dolce Vita cafe. Go into Keynes College main entrance, and through both sets of double doors in front of you. Keep the duck pond on your left - Student Support is straight ahead, in rooms HG 7-9.
Specifically, the Wellbeing team offers free support to all enrolled students experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues. They are there for you if you are upset, confused or struggling with a problem and you think it might be helpful to discuss things with someone outside your circle of family and friends.
You may be experiencing specific issues, such as problems with adjusting to student life, studying, relationships, drugs, alcohol, sexuality, grief and loss, illness, a traumatic experience, low self-esteem, self-harm, body image etc.
You may find it difficult to contact Student Wellbeing for the first time, thinking that your problem is too big or too small; you may feel embarrassed, weak or fearful. However, Student Wellbeing will understand that you may feel anxious and are not there to judge you. What you say will be treated with respect and held in confidence by experienced professionals.